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Building Faith in Long-Distance Healing

Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Awareness, Equine Healing, Healing, Inspiration, The Horse, Your Healing Journey | 0 comments

Building Faith in Long-Distance Healing

One of my favorite things about teaching is assisting my class participants building of their faith in healing. This happens when they experience the response each horse has to their healing, as well as observing the differences in all the horses before and after the healings. During the recent Your Healing Journey class the group was able to build their faith in the affectivity of long-distance healing. One of the attendees, Susan, lives out of state and participated in the class via Skype. For one exercise, each participant took turns conducting a healing on a pinto mare named Patches. When it came to be Susan’s turn we stood around the mare, silently observing while she worked long-distance. The group held the sacred space that had been created from all the previous healings and we were aware of the seemingly subtle shifts that were occurring. During this time the mare’s heart opened and she physically shifted her stance to reflect this change. She squared up her front legs and we felt something lift and clear energetically. The mare then licked and chewed. After the healing, I called Susan on my cell phone so she could share her experience with us. I encouraged her to say some information she had received to Patches directly and I held the phone up to Patches’ ear. As Susan spoke to her, Patches moved her ears to listen and responded by licking and chewing. It was clear to us all that Patches was making the connection between her distance healing and Susan’s voice and that the healing was continuing with Susan’s words. I wanted to share this photo that captured that moment with you, so you may open your own heart to faith and...

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The Snowy Owl Migration: What Does it Mean to You?

Posted by on January 3, 2014 in Awareness, Healing, Inspiration, The Earth, The Heart | 6 comments

The Snowy Owl Migration: What Does it Mean to You?

This winter we are experiencing a migration of Snowy Owls from the Artic tundra to the east coast, all the way down to the Carolinas. The migration is larger in magnitude than any that has occurred in decades and the scientific reason the migration is happening at this time is unclear. It is a calling, and an opportunity, for us to turn to spirit for answers. Our lives are enriched by the presence of spirit and by developing our sensitivity so we may understand communications from it. Spirit speaks to us in many ways, including through visual signs and symbols. The presence of the Snowy Owl here in New Jersey has allowed me to realize my life long desire of seeing one of these exquisite creatures in person. It also has opened my heart to listen more deeply; to ask what is the greater meaning and teaching here? Everyone must find their own interpretation of the symbols in their life. At the same time I have found many teachings of the indigenous people of the earth hold common interpretations that resonate with my personal ones. Here are some that have helped me to interpret and to understand this significant event. In the sunwise cycle of the medicine wheel and the four directions, north is the final point. It contains the gift of wisdom gained from the completion of the full cycle of the wheel. After our journey has experienced birth and the rising of a vision, it moves into the illumination of mid-day and the physical manifestation of it. Even with creative expression and accomplishments in life, disillusionment inevitably sets in and so begins our descent. As the sun drops on the horizon, we are called to transform our reality. Our transformative healing requires a journey into the darkness of the night to regain lost pieces of our soul. The north is the direction where we emerge, the arrival, the point of realization. It is associated with purity of crystalline, white snows; the cold and winter. It is not a direction without its own challenges and requires us to develop endurance, an asset during times of physical instability. The Snowy Owls have come to us from the great north of the Artic tundra. The owl is considered symbolic for change: profound, significant change. Spirit and the earth are speaking to us and we can receive the gift of  ancient wisdom when we open our hearts and...

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The Key to Effective Communication with Animals is to Listen

Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Awareness, Healing, Inspiration, The Heart, The Horse | 3 comments

The Key to Effective Communication with Animals is to Listen

Horses communicate with us all the time. Their cues are subtle and kind. Their non-verbal expressions and are frequently missed as our minds are full of what to do’s and what we think is going on. The key is to listen. Yesterday, I had a clear lesson about this from a Dales pony; his clarity showed me what I nearly missed. After working with this three year old, Donny, I put a full set of black leg wraps on his legs, for fly protection, and turned him back out. An hour or so later, I went out into his field to check on one of his pasture mates who had been running, a Fjord. The Fjord was fine, but he was missing a blue leg wrap, so I made a note to walk up to the barn for a replacement. Donny had approached me as I was assessing the legs of the Fjord and when I stood up, he touched my left shoulder with his muzzle. He then looked over his right shoulder and pointed to the next field over. With his direct line of sight he was showing me a black leg wrap laying in the grass; it was about fifteen yards away, in an attached field. When touched by his clear communication, I noted that Donny was wearing black leg wraps but remembered that I had put them all back on. I walked to the fallen wrap, picked it up and returned to where the Fjord was grazing to put it on his bare leg. The Fiord was not at all interested in having the fly wrap put on; he trotted off. “OK,” I said to myself, “I’m not going to force anything here.” I paused, wondering. Donny, who had followed me into the next field when I collected the leg wrap, had followed me back into this field and watched his pasture mate trot off. As I stood, listening and wondering what to do next, Donny approached me again. He faced me and dropped his head, touching my lower pant leg from below my knee to the ankle in a gentle gesture. I wondered why. With this question my closed mind opened; I noticed that Donny’s left hind leg was bare, a wrap had come off. He stood quietly while I put his black legging back on; and I felt his gratitude for my action and my gratitude for his gentle teaching merge our hearts together as...

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Opening the Heart – Healing the Pain of Loss

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, The Heart, The Horse | 0 comments

Opening the Heart – Healing the Pain of Loss

Rags is a mare owned by Susan and Jim Medley who hosted the recent Healing with Horses workshop, at their farm in Virginia. Rags came to join the Medley Farm herd, last fall. She was taken in by the Medley’s from a local woman who had two children and a third child on the way so she could not care for Rags anymore. At the workshop Rags presented herself as wanting to have a healing. The Medley’s did not anticipate this, for they felt that Rags had resolved the initial conflicts she had with some of the horses and had acclimated herself into the herd. The workshop participants gathered to do an exercise with Rags, to deepen their understanding of the horse and to discover what Rags needed for her healing. They asked Rags a series of questions as they arose spontaneously, and as they did the group’s connection with her deepened. The questions became more poignant and one in particular made a clear connection with everyone’s heart: Rags was asked if she missed the little boy from her previous home. In response to this question, nearly everyone in the group felt deep pain in their heart from the truth it had awakened. Rags felt it too; she stopped eating her hay, raised her head and stared at the group with a look of stunned bewilderment. There was a silence as everyone waited for her further response. Rags suddenly stepped forward to physically connect with the group; then, as her energy flow increased, she turned and trotted to the gate at the other end of the paddock to be with her field mates. When the group circled up to discuss and integrate what had happened, we observed that Rags had walked away from her pasture buddies to stand under a tree and was allowing the energy in her body to integrate, as well. The Medley’s then shared with us that there had been a little boy at Rag’s previous home that missed Rag’s. After his first visit to see Rags, his mother had decided it was too painful for the boy to allow him to visit Rag’s again. After the healing Rags was glowing with the grace that follows a powerful opening of the heart and was tenderly touching other horses in the herd. Susan reported how, as a result of the healing, it feels like a wall between she and Rags is gone. She added that Rags has become more gentle with the other horses and that the herd overall is more cohesive as a result of the workshop....

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Rescued Draft Horse with Possible Wobbler’s Syndrome has Remarkable Recovery

Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Equine Healing, Healing, Health, Inspiration, The Heart, The Horse | 2 comments

Rescued Draft Horse with Possible Wobbler’s Syndrome has Remarkable Recovery

Mack is a Belgian gelding purchased at the Camelot Auction in New Jersey by Helping Hearts Equine Rescue in November of 2010. Upon adoption it was discovered that Mack was unstable, uncoordinated and weak behind, that he was not safe to ride. The vet had run several tests but there had been no diagnosis. The vet thought he possibly had Wobbler Syndrome (vertebral malformation or compression to the spinal cord that can lead to damage of the spinal cord). When I met Lisa Post, the president of Helping Hearts, in March of 2011, she was concerned about Mack. After four months at the rescue he was loosing ground, his hind end condition was worsening. Mack had become depressed, sullen and did not interact with the other horses in his field. Lisa asked me if I could help him with his depression. Initial Assessment of Mack I observed Mack walking and noticed that it was difficult for him to bring either of his hind legs through underneath himself. Mack was unstable to the degree that he was, justifiably, terrified of falling. He was isolating himself in the field from other horses out of his need for self-preservation. Session Results A few weeks after Mack’s first healing, I contacted Lisa to inquire how he was doing. She said that Mack had a dramatic shift, that he was happier, brighter and less depressed. He was walking straighter and was now holding his own in his hind end. After Mack’s second session, Lisa reported that Mack had gained weight and he was happy and enjoying himself. She was delighted that he had at last made friends with another draft horse in his pasture. Following his third session Mack continued to gain weight and he became more stable and stronger behind. My fourth session with Mack was in October of 2011. The results were: a shinier coat, he began navigating up and down hills and through deep footing without hesitation and was now exploring his field and interacting with his pasture mates. What is wonderful about Mack’s case is it offers is a clear example of how energy healing effects powerful change; how this holistic modality can offer hope for horses with medically challenging health conditions. Mack was able to be rehomed to the Central Virginia Horse Rescue in November of 2011, where he lives...

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The Sea Reveals Hidden Treasure Within the Heart

Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Awareness, Healing, Health, Inspiration, Long Beach Island, The Earth | 6 comments

The Sea Reveals Hidden Treasure Within the Heart

The wind was steady at 25 mph with the temperature below freezing. Even though earlier in the day my rational mind had said “no” to the possibility of taking a walk, I now felt the clear call to take a break from the office and to do just that. Saying  “yes,” I dressed in wool from head to toe and stepped out the door. Initially I chose streets that offered a wind break from the strong wind billowing off the bay. A mile from home, I had the call to turn left and head to the beach. “Just for a quick look,” I justified in the ripping wind. I stood at the top of the sand dune and took in the splendor of the sun that had broken through dark, active clouds; and how the light had created a band of brilliance upon the water, where the ocean met the sky. The call in my heart then encouraged me to venture, “down to and along the shoreline.” My feet traveled along the edge of the ocean upon the sand and an intermittent blanket of snow. Bits of shells lay along the active shoreline as the result of the tossing, tumultuous sea.  A multitude of shells were also buried beneath the snow from days of wash up and winter weather. A few minutes into my adventure, a small bit of shell emerging from the snow caught hold of my eye and heart. Even though only a portion of the shell was visible, I sensed it might be buried treasure. This was confirmed when I pulled it from beneath the sand and snow and uncovered a long-awaited find: a Channeled Whelk. As I savored the beauty of the shell and the gift of how I received it, I was reminded of this truth: following the heart leads us to the precious jewels of life: the simple, pure joy of discovery — the beauty of living within the moment.  ...

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Healing Horses: the Inspiration, Love and Joy it Brings

Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, Health, Inspiration, The Earth, The Heart, The Horse | 2 comments

Healing Horses: the Inspiration, Love and Joy it Brings

What led me to the horses is my love for the earth and all creatures upon it. What drives me to work with the horses is my longing for the truth of the inherent Oneness of all life to be realized by all humankind. What inspires me is the unconditional love and gratitude the horses express for the healing work and the effective results that eliminate their sickness, and relieves their physical and mental distress. What fulfills my heart is to witness their traumas heal, to feel their nervous systems integrate and see their bodies respond with balanced movement; to observe horses become stronger and their symptoms of discomfort and aging reverse. What brings me gratification is sharing in the happiness healing brings to the owners of horses and observing the relationship between their horse and their caretaker deepen. What motivates me are the students who have acted on their longing to connect more deeply to horses; who have opened their hearts to a two-way honest conversation with horses. These individuals who are committed to developing within themselves the healing skills of: self-awareness, presence, and intimate feeling and clear intent to support the horses’ transformation and well-being. What bring me joy are the individuals that value healing; that trust in the power of the invisible. Those people who care deeply for horses, who hear the call to question our traditional and accepted realities; the dedicated individuals who seek a new path and a doorway of healing for they and the horses to walk through.  ...

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Awareness of the Changes the Fall Season Brings

Posted by on October 13, 2012 in Healing, Health, The Earth, The Horse | 0 comments

Awareness of the Changes the Fall Season Brings

Here at the Jersey Shore, the Purple Martins left on their journey south about two weeks early. We have become aware that seasonal shifts are occurring all over the globe and how it influences the flow of life. If we increase our awareness of how the seasonal changes are directly reflected in our bodies it can help us to move with ease through the challenges of change. With awareness, we can make choices that avoid illness and support the healing and strengthening of our horses and ourselves. The fall is when the expansive energy of the summer season with its long hours of sunlight, high overhead has begun to fade. During the summer, the trees expand to reach for and take in the light. We too expand our activities and are outdoors for longer periods with other people and our horses. Now, noticeably the plants have begun to brown and die back and the leaves of many trees have begun to curl and drop. As mammals we also reflect the seasonal changes of the earth. The lowering of the angle of the sun and shortening length of the day influences our hormones. Our bodies respond: the horses have begun to shed their summer coats and my hair has also begun its predictable late summer/early fall cycle of thinning. In myself, I have also noticed my usual bodily response to the initiation of fall – my body has begun to crave richer foods, my metabolism has shifted in preparation for the cool weather ahead and I have gained some weight. The cooler weather has influenced my horse, too, he is asking for more oats. It is helpful to be aware of the origin of these cravings and to balance them with understanding of why they occur. In the fall, like the spring, the body calls for building up. but also for detoxification. For the horses this is supported by the cooler weather and rain that potents shoots of rich, green grass. This new growth fills in among the brown, burnt fibers of the summer grass. Giving your horse access to this mixed grazing is the natural way to support their increased need for calories, detoxifying sprouts and the necessary fiber to balance this and support efficient digestion. For humans, all of our late summer vegetables and early fall fruits such as apple, figs, pears and grapes support this detoxification process. We can add richer food, such as nuts, seeds and animal protein to support our need to build strength and reserved energy. We also need to consume fiber accordingly to support digestion. Be aware of this need your body has; move beyond the temptation of consuming too many carbohydrates as processed foods. I remind myself each day to eat my fiber as fruits, vegetables and whole grain products and support my health by keeping them around an in view! How do we support the detox process further? For the horse that does not have access to green grass, we can offer a variety of herbs that help detox the body. As humans we can make juice or smoothies at the start our day, the natural time of cleansing. This will help to rest and repair our digestive track before eating the first solid meal. May you enjoy the arrival of...

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The Joy of Listening to Your Inner Voice

Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Awareness, Healing, Inspiration, The Earth, The Heart | 4 comments

The Joy of Listening to Your Inner Voice

This morning I was a running couple hours late, so when my heart spoke the request to go for a walk on the beach, I baulked. I had many excuses, primarily the lack of time remaining in the morning for,what I believed, I needed to do today.  Also, I was very hungry and the sun was already too high to be outdoors. I ignored and resisted. The voice was not pacified and quickly had urgency about it. It spoke to heart of the need, for me not to ignore it. It then said, “Go now!” I did, I dropped my narrow focus upon my list of “to dos,” watering the potted plants on the deck and eating. On went my flip flops; my heart and I, now in agreement, headed to the beach. There, as I was taking off my sandals, (yes!) I overheard a woman speaking to a man about seeing something in the ocean. The man, disinterested, moved on; I plunged my bare feet into the warm sand and walked down the dune slope to where the woman sat on a bench. Interested, I inquired as to what she had seen. She pointed offshore where she exclaimed she had sighted a whale. Sure enough, the water blew, unmistakably, out of a whale air hole. We watched more periodic blows and were even blessed with the sighting of her slippery, black back swelling to the surface and then disappearing below. More air blows as she headed south; and then she reached her massive head up out of the water, opened her mouth, and revealed a white chin of… not sure, possibly a Humpback? The show was not over; closer to the shoreline a large pod of dolphins swam by. Their dark crescent shaped bodies revealing fin after fin after fin; feeding as they, too, headed southward. Whenever I listen to that little voice I receive what my heart truly longs for. The key is to honor it, to trust in the greater knowing of the quiet voice and then, to act upon it. For in doing so we become blessed, as I was, by the exerience of an unforeseen event that brings inspiration and beauty into our...

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Opening the Door to Awareness and Healing

Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Awareness, Healing, Health, The Earth | 2 comments

Opening the Door to Awareness and Healing

This morning a Mockingbird landed on the wire outside my door and began its call. Mockingbirds are considered mimics; they repeat the calls of other birds as a means of defining their territory. This bird cried out a loud, series of calls and I began to listen. The calls were unclear to me and I wondered who he was mimicking; so I opened my door wide, stepped into the doorway and gave myself fully over to listening. The calls I heard from this single bird included the: House Sparrow, Robin, Purple Martin, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Common Tern, Cardinal, Cowbird, Grackle, Starling, Herring Gull and Red-Winged Blackbird. There has been a Mockingbird outside my door every year for the seven years I have lived at the shore. This morning I wondered if this was a new, more prolific male or had I finally truly listened? I am grateful when I choose to open the door to awareness and take the time to listening deeply and with  my heart. To make this simple choice is an act of love and healing....

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